Somerset company installs "panic" buttons for every Pulaski school

SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Like many, David Morris was taken back by the violence at Sandy Hook in Connecticut and wanted to act.

“It changed the way I felt about security as it relates to school systems,” said Morris.

His company, Modern Systems, installs everything from home theater to security systems.

“I realized I was in a position to do something about it,” he said.

So his company installed a panic button in the front office of every school in the county. That’s 27 schools with pre-schools included.

“When I looked at Sandy Hook, I wondered what would make a difference,” he said.

And school officials say they believe the panic buttons will also be used in the event of any kind of emergency.

“It can be any kind of disaster, a tornado, like that, we had an explosion a few years ago at a middle school,” said Pulaski Co. Schools Superintendent Steve Butcher.

Each school has three buttons with one right beside the receptionist.

“There’s certain situations where if you are under duress your motor skills can’t function. So you can’t pick up the phone and call 911,” said Morris.

Accepting no payment for the job that cost tens of thousands only asking others to pay it forward.

“It was to encourage other security dealers across the nation that would be inspired by this and do something in their communities,” said Morris.

The panic button sends a signal directly to 911 with first responders notified in matter of seconds.

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